8 December 2011

Hitting The Ground Running

Summer break might be a perfect time to unwind after a tough year of study, but it’s also the prime opportunity to get yourself job-ready as the start of your 2012 academic campaign approaches.

That’s because from day one of week one, potential employers will be on campus either recruiting for 2013 gradate positions (12-months in advance), or summer vacation programs. If you want to get your foot in the door early, you’ve got to be ready. The problem that a lot of students have is thinking that they’ve got a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things. But the reality is that the switched-on people are starting to apply for jobs from the outset.

So, what steps can you take to place yourself in the best possible position? The number one priority should be spending time researching the types of industries you’re interested in working in, as well as the types of organisations you may want to work for. Alternatively, if you harbour aspirations to work for, say, a large accounting firm, you might try going directly to the websites of companies like Deloitte or KPMG and ascertaining what they may have to offer. Checking out the websites of professional bodies or organisations is also a great way to garner relevant information.

If you haven’t already done so, the break is the perfect time to make sure your resume is in order. While you’re at it, take time to think about the type of skills and qualities you could offer a potential employer. Work experience, meantime, is another great way of getting job-ready. And while most students will by now have their summer programs organised, there could still be invaluable opportunities available through personal or family contacts.

Finally, we’ll also be sending out a regular e-newsletter to students from around the end of January. It’s a great resource to be aware of and look out for.

Author: Sarah Fletcher – Career Services Manager – Employer Relations - University of Sydney Business School

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